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MM 9.27: Former Maryland women’s basketball star Brionna Jones named to WNBA All-Defensive Second Team

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Former Maryland women’s basketball star and current Connecticut Sun forward Brionna Jones has been named to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team.

A few days after earning WNBA Most Improved Player recognition from AP, Jones was officially listed as one of four Sun players on either of the two WNBA All-Defensive teams.

The 6-foot-3 forward is in her fifth season with Connecticut and she’s averaging a career-high 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 57.1 percent from the field in the 2021 season.

On the defensive end, Jones has averaged 1.4 steals and half a block per game this year. This is Jones’ first appearance on an all-defensive team in her career with the Sun. Other than Jones, Jasmine Thomas (Sun), Ariel Atkins (Washington Mystics), Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm) and Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury) made the second team.

The Terp helped Connecticut to a sparkling 26-6 overall record and first place spot in the WNBA. The Sun finished the regular season winning 14 straight games.

In other news

Read about Maryland football’s 37-16 win over Kent State to give the program its best start since 2016.

Lauren Rosh wrote about Maryland football being just barely on the outside AP Top 25.

Austin Zuckerman covered how the Big Ten fared in the fourth week of college football.

No. 9 Maryland field hockey came away with a 4-0 win over American and Damon Brooks Jr. had the coverage.

Maryland volleyball dropped its first match of the season and Colin McNamara had the coverage.

Maryland women’s lacrosse is back in action with Fall Ball.

Maryland football quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa is the leader in the Big Ten in quite a few categories with the passing game.